Champagne and New Year’s Eve seem to go together in this country like hamburgers and french fries. I have nothing against Champagne, or the myriad other sparkling wines the world has to offer, but this night is about change; maybe you don’t want to ring in 2014 doing the same old thing. Here are 10 guaranteed-festive options that will keep the party going long into the new year.
2012 Clean Slate Mosel Riesling
You’ve made a few mistakes in 2013. It’s OK, we all did. With Clean Slate at the party, your friends will know that this evening is about the future, not the past. It’s a great glass of wine—the German producer says “überfresh,” and that’s accurate. It’s low in alcohol too, which means you’ll have a clear head when the clock strikes midnight. That’s necessary for…
2011 Branham Estate Resolution
Once you’ve wiped the slate clean, it’s time for resolutions, and Resolution, from Branham Estate Wines in Napa Valley. Made by Gary Branham, a UC Davis student in the ’70s who has been making wines under his own label since 1999, this 100 percent Cabernet Sauvignon is aged in French oak barrels. It offers classic California Cab notes of rich, mouthwatering red fruits and tobacco, with low acid. It’s also got some alcoholic oomph to get you motivated.